ZACC warns against corruption in Covid-19 exemption letters

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has warned some senior government officials who are allegedly engaging in corrupt activities in the process of issuing Covid-19 exemption letters during the lockdown period.
Following a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, the government announced strict Covid-19 lockdown measures to curb the spread of the pandemic with essential services providers expected to have exemption letters from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
However, The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission- ZACC has exposed a shocking scandal where some government officials are allegedly delaying the issuance process to solicit for bribes.
“Yes, we have information that some officials are delaying the issuance process so that the public will feel under pressure and in turn end up paying a bribe. So we want to warn such people that the long arm of law will soon catch up with them.”
Meanwhile, Commissioner Makamure said the commission has finalised its strategic plan which feeds into government’s National Development Strategy 1 policy document.
“So far we have finished aligning our strategic plan to the National Development Strategy 1 so that we complement government efforts to achieve vision 2030. So far we have strengthened our investigation branch and we are going to focus on assert recovery.”
The National Development Strategy One is the country’s first Five-Year Plan which meant to drive accelerated economic growth for the attainment of an upper middle-income economy by 2030.

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